Recent Topics
Torn Purolators: they DO TEAR!
by 53' Stude. 09/22/18 05:07 PM
transmission fluid and filter exchange
by Dennisistheman. 09/22/18 04:53 PM
Why people should change oil+filter!
by 53' Stude. 09/22/18 04:50 PM
Household lubricants (general purpose) differences
by 92saturnsl2. 09/22/18 04:35 PM
debris in my engine oil--what to do?
by Jasper8146. 09/22/18 03:50 PM
Is this seal bad?
by parshisa. 09/22/18 03:44 PM
Leather Masters Protection Cream review....
by gregk24. 09/22/18 03:13 PM
Aisin WS
by RodneyM. 09/22/18 03:11 PM
Husqvarna trimmer questions
by BrianF. 09/22/18 02:51 PM
Uber Self-Driv Death: Disabled Pedest Avoidance!!!!
by oil_film_movies. 09/22/18 02:29 PM
Question on Backlight setting on LED tv's
by LoneRanger. 09/22/18 02:16 PM
Are all Dexos 1 Gen 2 Oils the Same?
by Gene K. 09/22/18 01:58 PM
ECOGARD X10479 CUT OPEN
by 53' Stude. 09/22/18 01:38 PM
Rust-Oleum Driveway Sealer review
by SVTCobra. 09/22/18 01:24 PM
Flush OAT/IAT mixture
by OpenClose. 09/22/18 12:20 PM
And They Say Spelling is Not Important.
by PimTac. 09/22/18 12:06 PM
Toyota Genuine oil 10W30
by gordond. 09/22/18 09:27 AM
Good Dealers
by HowAboutThis. 09/22/18 09:12 AM
Newest Members
Sarrge, Big_R, gordond, mrgreggn, JRMFt11
66040 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
80 registered members (Al, 77GrandPrix, 65convertible, 53' Stude, 92saturnsl2, A310, 9 invisible), 1,760 guests, and 41 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics290,837
Posts4,851,206
Members66,040
Most Online3,590
Jan 24th, 2017
Donate to BITOG
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Firewood - educate me #4548297
10/19/17 01:04 PM
10/19/17 01:04 PM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,434
Michigan
stockrex Offline OP
stockrex  Offline OP
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,434
Michigan
If you guys remember I had a tree that was dying due to ivy in my back yard.
Well early summer, I had that taken down and the tree guys sawed it to 18 inch lengths.
Some of the lower sections are 20 inch wide, I need to split them.
I want to burn them in my wood fire place, the wood is maple.

I have very limited access the backyard, the tree guys had to use a crane to cut the tree.
How do I go about splitting the logs?
Do I just split and stack them raised off the ground?
Cover them with tarp (my neighbor already hates me, I don't think she will like me covering the logs)

The logs are sitting somewhat stacked against my fence.


07Ridgeline:33k,08Dmax:14k,10Fit:40k:90Toyota1Ton:88k
Oil Whisperer!*Fear the DINO*
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548312
10/19/17 01:15 PM
10/19/17 01:15 PM
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 120
TX
fields Offline
fields  Offline
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 120
TX
Buy an axe. Swing it.

Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548325
10/19/17 01:28 PM
10/19/17 01:28 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 12,898
NE,Ohio
Rand Offline
Rand  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 12,898
NE,Ohio
leave a few pieces for ends (big ones)

then stack the splits between them.

The cheap method is sledgehammer and wedge(s)

Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.

You obviously havent split much firewood by hand....
You wont be splitting 18"x20" maple logs with an axe.


2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2.0T
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548345
10/19/17 01:50 PM
10/19/17 01:50 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,157
n.c.
gman2304 Offline
gman2304  Offline
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,157
n.c.
Rent a splitter from Home Depot, unless you are like the guy on the Brawny paper towel rolls. wink

Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: Rand] #4548359
10/19/17 02:05 PM
10/19/17 02:05 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,156
MA
Wolf359 Offline
Wolf359  Offline
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,156
MA
Originally Posted By: Rand
leave a few pieces for ends (big ones)

then stack the splits between them.

The cheap method is sledgehammer and wedge(s)

Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.

You obviously havent split much firewood by hand....
You wont be splitting 18"x20" maple logs with an axe.


Yeah, if you keep chopping wood, you might get injured like this NFL player did.

http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/id/1635118

Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548377
10/19/17 02:25 PM
10/19/17 02:25 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,220
Wet side WA
JohnnyJohnson Offline
JohnnyJohnson  Offline
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,220
Wet side WA
You need a splitting maul and a 8 plus pound sledge and some wedges you should be able to pick them us at a chainsaw shop or an Ace or other Hardware store.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/axes/prosplitmaul/

https://www.google.com/search?q=wood+splitting+wedge&tbm=isch&source=iu&pf=m&ictx=1&fir=7v8CJprah4TwhM%253A%252CCG8GjDD7Sjt1IM%252C_&usg=__e7PfFW5xiQ49ATjc714n6Jx3AYU%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ5p-Jtv3WAhULwFQKHcN7Dm0Q9QEIkQEwBg#imgrc=7v8CJprah4TwhM:

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 10/19/17 02:30 PM.

2004 Corolla 124805
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548397
10/19/17 02:51 PM
10/19/17 02:51 PM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 9,192
Ontario, Canada
IndyIan Offline
IndyIan  Offline
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 9,192
Ontario, Canada
Do you have chainsaw? Straight grained sections of maple of any size is easy to split with a maul. Just start at the edges and pop pieces off.
The knotty stuff I just cut through the with a saw parallel to the grain, and split off the straight grain sections with the maul. It makes the saw work a bit but with a sharp chain and functional oiler its not a big deal.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 210km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 10km 0W20 "bulk subaru" whatever that is
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: gman2304] #4548407
10/19/17 03:05 PM
10/19/17 03:05 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 7,094
Colorado
Kuato Offline
Kuato  Offline
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 7,094
Colorado
Originally Posted By: gman2304
Rent a splitter from Home Depot, unless you are like the guy on the Brawny paper towel rolls. wink


+1. You're not going to split logs of that size with just an axe.

Maybe with an axe and wedges and a sledge, but you'll need at least 4 wedges and it'll be a very long grueling workout.

Cleanup after using a chainsaw for that much wood will be....horrible.


Thick vs Thin test: 15k / 43k miles complete
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548410
10/19/17 03:06 PM
10/19/17 03:06 PM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 403
new jersey
hemitruck Offline
hemitruck  Offline
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 403
new jersey
Stack it on wood pallets. I like to leave my sit for about six months to let it dry out then cover.

Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548464
10/19/17 04:14 PM
10/19/17 04:14 PM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,861
Connecticut
69GTX Offline
69GTX  Offline
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,861
Connecticut
I prefer to tarp the top of the pile (and the sides in extended rainy weather) with a green tarp. Looks a little less obnoxious than with a blue tarp. You could be a really nice neighbor and go with a "camo" design. Don't stack it too wide or the chipmunks will move in. I don't know how long maple takes to cure but I would think it would take at least until the following year sometime if you're just cutting it now. Once stacked on a pallet it can sit there for many years until you use it.

Fwiw, I had some 14-16" diameter oak logs a few years back and a guy offered to split it for me by hand. He only used a single wedge, wood axe, and a sledge. In 2 days he cut about 2-3 cords. I tried it for "fun" and my back was done on the 6th swing. Renting a log splitter is the way to go.


----------------

2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548482
10/19/17 04:32 PM
10/19/17 04:32 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 241
Michigan
slug_bug Offline
slug_bug  Offline
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 241
Michigan
In my community we are not allowed to stack firewood on the ground. They say it attracts rats. Home Depot has some cheap brackets to make an inexpensive firewood rack out of 2x4's.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pleasant-Hearth-4-Piece-Log-Brackets-LS-B4/204597265?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|DigitalDecor|google|D28I+Fireplaces|_pkw__pmt__product_204597265&mid=smj4xTB92|dc_mtid_8903yuu57254_pcrid_50236715022_pkw__pmt__product_204597265_slid_&gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR86TkBZErUbE7MlrW4fx8mB4Eal_Dnj46M1NPZfRymmTupc4L6ndNQRoCVPMQAvD_BwE

HD also sells these galvanized brackets that make it easy to build a quick rack:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Stron...RTC2Z/204834336


2016 Miata 2.0l (12k)
2013 Fusion 2.5l(78k)
2013 Focus(56K)
2010 Linc MKX 3.5l(88k)
2007 Dodge Caravan 3.8l(179k)
2003 Merc. Mountaineer 4.6l(114k)
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: fields] #4548581
10/19/17 06:38 PM
10/19/17 06:38 PM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 9,049
North Carolina
spasm3 Online content
spasm3  Online Content
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 9,049
North Carolina
Originally Posted By: fields
Buy an axe. Swing it.



LoL.

If its green, a maul and wedge. If its dry maple, you need a splitter.


13 elantra 70k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche79k synpwr 10w30
01 saturnsc1 185k synpwr rebuilt
17 mazda cx-5 5600 miles m1 0w30
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548609
10/19/17 07:23 PM
10/19/17 07:23 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,047
Prospect, KY
spk2000 Offline
spk2000  Offline
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,047
Prospect, KY
Depends on the type of maple tree as well. We have some around here called water maples that are a little like sycamore soft light wood that burns fast and splinters badly when splitting. This makes splitting a challenge as logs stick together with splinters all over clinging together.


96 Grand Marquis
01 Sable LS
02 Montero
Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: stockrex] #4548619
10/19/17 07:39 PM
10/19/17 07:39 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 33,091
ME
eljefino Offline
eljefino  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 33,091
ME
Find the biggest nastiest stumpy log and make that your base. Haul other logs up onto it. Aim your axe/maul at a spot about three inches from the edge. Work around it, reducing its diameter, until you wind up in the middle.

Turn on AM radio for political talk when you do it so you get good n' angry. laugh

Re: Firewood - educate me [Re: eljefino] #4548659
10/19/17 08:11 PM
10/19/17 08:11 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,156
MA
Wolf359 Offline
Wolf359  Offline
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,156
MA
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Find the biggest nastiest stumpy log and make that your base. Haul other logs up onto it. Aim your axe/maul at a spot about three inches from the edge. Work around it, reducing its diameter, until you wind up in the middle.

Turn on AM radio for political talk when you do it so you get good n' angry. laugh


And don't chop your foot off like punter Chris Hanson almost did.

Page 1 of 2 1 2

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™